Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black Chinned Hummingbird


The male Black-chinned hummingbird has a black head and a strip of bright violet-purple color at the base of its neck. Its back is green and underparts are gray-white. The purple color at the throat is only noticeable in bright sunlight. The female has a green back and gray-white underparts and doesn't have the black head or purple throat markings.


Where you might see them

Black-chinned Hummingbirds are common in the western US during the summertime. Most common in canyons and along rivers, but these hummingbirds have adapted to other areas including urban environments.



The Black-chinned Hummingbird wags its tail almost constantly when it's in flight.


Sources: A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America (Peterson Field Guides) and Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Hummingbird Gardens

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Hummingbirds love sugar water feeders, but it's also nice to provide natural nectar sources for them. You can plant flowers in your garden or on your porch or patio that will be both pretty for you to look at and beneficial to the hummingbirds.

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